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Toto (stylized as TOTO) is an American
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band formed in 1977 in
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. The band's current lineup consists of
Steve Lukather Steven Lee Lukather (born October 21, 1957) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, best known as the sole continuous founding member of the rock band Toto from its founding in 1976 to the present day. A prolif ...
(guitars and vocals),
David Paich David Frank Paich (born June 25, 1954) is an American musician, songwriter, singer, and record producer, best known as the co-founder, principal songwriter, keyboardist, and singer of the rock band Toto since 1977. Paich wrote or co-wrote much o ...
(keyboards and vocals), and Joseph Williams (vocals), as well as touring musicians, John Pierce (bass), Robert "Sput" Searight (drums), Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (keyboards and vocals), Steve Maggiora (keyboards and vocals) and
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Warren Ham
(horns and vocals). Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of
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,
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,
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,
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,
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hard rock
,
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,
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blues
and
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. Having released 14 studio albums and sold over 40 million records worldwide, the group has received several
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s and was inducted into the
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in 2009.
David Paich David Frank Paich (born June 25, 1954) is an American musician, songwriter, singer, and record producer, best known as the co-founder, principal songwriter, keyboardist, and singer of the rock band Toto since 1977. Paich wrote or co-wrote much o ...
and
Jeff Porcaro Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro (; April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was an American drummer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his work with the rock band Toto, but is one of the most recorded session musician Session musicians, ...
had played together as
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s on several albums and decided to form a band;
David Hungate William David Hungate (born August 5, 1948) is a bass guitarist, producer, and arranger noted as a member of Los Angeles Los Angeles (; es, Los Ángeles; "The Angels"), officially the City of Los Angeles and often abbreviated as L.A., i ...
, Lukather,
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, and
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Bobby Kimball
were recruited before the release of the band's eponymous debut album in 1978. Led by the Top 5 single "
Hold the Line "Hold the Line" is a song by the American rock band Toto. The song was written by the band's keyboardist David Paich, and the lead vocals were performed by Bobby Kimball. The song was released as the band's debut single, and was featured on ...
", the album brought the band to mainstream attention, but it was their fourth album ''
Toto IV ''Toto IV'' is the fourth studio album by American pop and rock band Toto released in the spring of 1982 by Columbia Records. The lead single, " Rosanna", peaked at number 2 for five weeks on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 charts, while the album' ...
'' (1982) which brought them global attention. "
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" topped the
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, while " Rosanna" reached number 2, helping Toto become one of the best-selling music groups of their era. The makeup of the group continued to evolve: Kimball left in 1984 and rejoined in 1998, leaving again a decade later; Jeff Porcaro died in 1992; Hungate, having left in 1982, rejoined Toto as a touring musician and later a band member. In 2008, Lukather announced his departure from the band, and the remaining band members later went their separate ways. In the summer of 2010, Toto reformed and went on a short European tour, with a new lineup, to benefit
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, who had been diagnosed with
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(ALS) and was no longer an active member of the band. He died in 2015. The band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. Toto announced an extended hiatus following the final leg of their 40th anniversary tour in 2019. In October 2020, the band announced that guitarist and founding member
Steve Lukather Steven Lee Lukather (born October 21, 1957) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, best known as the sole continuous founding member of the rock band Toto from its founding in 1976 to the present day. A prolif ...
and longtime vocalist Joseph Williams would return to touring as Toto in the 2021 "Dogz of Oz" tour, and in a live-streamed concert on November 21, 2020, due to the
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.


History


1977–1979: Formation and debut album

The members of Toto were regulars on albums by
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,
Boz Scaggs William Royce "Boz" Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He became prominent for his series of albums in the late 1970s, and songs " Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown (Boz Scaggs song), Lowdown" from ''Silk Degre ...
,
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, and many others, contributing to many of the most popular records of the 1970s. Keyboardist
David Paich David Frank Paich (born June 25, 1954) is an American musician, songwriter, singer, and record producer, best known as the co-founder, principal songwriter, keyboardist, and singer of the rock band Toto since 1977. Paich wrote or co-wrote much o ...
, son of musician and session player/arranger
Marty Paich Martin Louis Paich (January 23, 1925 – August 12, 1995) was an American pianist, composer, arranger, record producer, music director, and conductor. As a musician and arranger he worked with jazz musicians Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton, ...
, rose to fame after having co-written much of Scaggs's ''
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'' album. Having played on many sessions with drummer
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(the son of session percussionist
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), whom he met while attending Grant High School, where they formed the band Rural Still Life, Paich began to discuss seriously with Porcaro the possibility of them forming their own band. They brought in bassist and fellow session veteran
David Hungate William David Hungate (born August 5, 1948) is a bass guitarist, producer, and arranger noted as a member of Los Angeles Los Angeles (; es, Los Ángeles; "The Angels"), officially the City of Los Angeles and often abbreviated as L.A., i ...
, having played with him in the backing band for Scaggs. In addition, the duo asked fellow Grant High School students, guitarist
Steve Lukather Steven Lee Lukather (born October 21, 1957) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, best known as the sole continuous founding member of the rock band Toto from its founding in 1976 to the present day. A prolif ...
(who also played in Scaggs's band as a replacement for
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) and Jeff Porcaro's brother
Steve Porcaro Steven Maxwell Porcaro (born September 2, 1957) is an American keyboardist A keyboardist or keyboard player is a musician who plays keyboard instrument A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played using a musical keyboard, keyboard ...
(keyboards) to join the team. Lukather and Steve Porcaro were in the same year at Grant and continued the band Rural Still Life (the name shortened to Still Life) after Paich and Jeff graduated. With the addition of former S.S. Fools singer
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Bobby Kimball
, the group began to work on their first album in 1977 after signing with
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. Once the band came together, David Paich began composing what would become the eponymous debut album, ''Toto''. According to popular myth, at the first recording sessions, in order to distinguish their own demo tapes from other bands' in the studio, Jeff Porcaro wrote the word "Toto" on them. In the early 1980s, band members told the press that the band was named after Toto the dog from ''
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''. After the completion of the first album, the band and record were still unnamed. David Hungate, after viewing the name on the demo tapes, explained to the group that the Latin words "in toto" translated to "all-encompassing." Because the band members played on so many records and so many musical genres, they adopted the name "Toto" as their own.. After its release, '' Toto'' climbed the charts quickly, earning popularity with the hit single "
Hold the Line "Hold the Line" is a song by the American rock band Toto. The song was written by the band's keyboardist David Paich, and the lead vocals were performed by Bobby Kimball. The song was released as the band's debut single, and was featured on ...
", as well as the charting " I'll Supply the Love" and " Georgy Porgy", featuring
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. The band garnered international acclaim and was nominated for a
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for
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. Shortly thereafter, in early 1979, Toto embarked on their first American tour in support of the debut album. For the tour, Toto brought along two additional musicians, Tom Kelly (guitar, backup vocals) and Lenny Castro (percussion), to increase the depth of the sound. Castro had appeared with the group on their first album as a session musician, and continued to play on every one of their albums for the next 40 years in varying capacities, with the exception of '' Turn Back''. The band continued to hire additional touring musicians for all subsequent tours. (See the "Tour Musicians" section below).


1979–1981: ''Hydra'' and ''Turn Back''

At the close of the first tour, the band began work on their next album, titled '' Hydra'', which was released later that year and featured the single " 99", inspired by
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' cult film''
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''. Nearly 30 years later, Steve Lukather confessed that, despite the song's popularity, he hated "99" and that it's one of his least favorite Toto songs, which is why it was rarely performed after ''Hydras tour. The band also released four promotional music videos for the album, including the title track. The other two were "St George and The Dragon" and "All Us Boys". They were directed by Bruce Gowers and produced by Paul Flattery for Jon Roseman Productions International. Although the album ''Hydra'' failed to achieve the commercial success of Toto's first release, it still went gold. Following the album's release, the band set out on the "Hydra Tour", which featured both American and international dates. The tour lasted from February until June 1980. In early 1981, Toto released their third album, '' Turn Back.'' The album was a venture into arena rock and featured heavier guitar and fewer keyboards than on the previous two records. This album's disappointing chart performance and sales in almost every country besides
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put the band's career into further jeopardy, as they had not had a hit single in North America in almost two years at that point. The abnormal success of the album's lead single "Goodbye Elenore" in Japan proved to be the band's breakthrough in the country, and Japan has likewise become a permanent staple of their touring schedule since. On December 15, 1981, Bobby Kimball was arrested for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover police officer.


1982–1985: ''Toto IV'' and ''Isolation''

1982 marked the beginning of Toto's most successful era. After the detrimental sales of ''Turn Back'', the band was under a great deal of pressure from the record company to produce a new hit record, akin to their first. With the Triple Platinum-certified ''
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'', the band delivered one of the most commercially successful records of the year. The album featured three singles that reached the Top 10 on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 chart: " Rosanna", "
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" and "
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". The album also appeared on several worldwide charts, introducing the band to new audiences around the globe. "Africa" topped the charts in February 1983 and was a constant presence on radios around the world, but it was "Rosanna" that earned the band multiple Grammy nominations. ''Toto IV'' earned six
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, including "
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" for "Rosanna", " Album of the Year" for ''Toto IV'' and "
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". At the time
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was dating actress
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, but the song is not about her, according to writer David Paich. In the music video for the song,
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plays the title character. In addition to "Africa" and "Rosanna", ''Toto IV'' continued its successful run with the release of another single, "
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". Toto toured throughout 1982 in support of ''Toto IV''. Also, during this time, Steve Porcaro co-wrote and co-composed "
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," which
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recorded for his best-selling album ''
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'' (1982), turning the song into a smash hit. Jeff Porcaro and Steve Lukather also appeared on ''Thriller'' on multiple tracks, most notably the Jackson/
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duet " The Girl Is Mine". Directly after the release of ''Toto IV'', bassist
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left the band. Hungate, who had relocated to
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in 1980 to pursue a session/production career, felt that the fame surrounding ''Toto IV'' would prevent him from spending time with his family. A third Porcaro brother,
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, who had performed cello on a track from ''Toto IV'', replaced Hungate on bass, while lead singer
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spent the early part of 1983 facing prosecution for drug-related charges. Kimball was ordered to stand trial, but pleaded not guilty. The charges were dismissed on May 28 of that year. However, Kimball was fired from the band in 1984 due to difficulty recording vocals and numerous missed sessions. Later that year, Toto composed most of the music for the soundtrack to the film ''Dune''. At one point,
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of the band Mr. Mister was offered the lead singer spot, but turned it down to continue with his band.
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(formerly of bands
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, Trillion and LeRoux) was brought in as the new vocalist and the band recorded '' Isolation'', released in November 1984. While '' Isolation'' did not achieve the acclaim or sales of ''Toto IV'', it did achieve Gold status, largely on the strength of the single " Stranger in Town". ''Isolation''s tour began in February 1985 and concluded three months later.


1985–1988: ''Fahrenheit'' and ''The Seventh One'' with Joseph Williams

At the close of the ''Isolation'' tour in 1985, Fergie Frederiksen was let go. Lukather claimed that the band was not meshing well with Frederiksen because he had a difficult time recording with them in the studio. The band held an audition and Joseph Williams, son of film composer
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and 1950s singer/actress
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, was chosen to take over lead vocals in early 1986. With Joseph Williams now onboard officially, Toto wrote and recorded ''
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'', released in October 1986. While Williams performs lead vocals, Frederiksen had begun recording a few tracks and is featured as a background vocalist on the track "Could This Be Love". ''Fahrenheit'' brought the band back from the heavier sound of ''Isolation'' to their pop/rock roots. " I'll Be Over You" and "Without Your Love", which were both ballads sung by Lukather, were the two hit singles. The band recruited several guest musicians for the album. They recorded an instrumental piece entitled "Don't Stop Me Now" with legendary jazz trumpeter
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. In addition, a then-unknown
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appeared as a dancer in their "Till the End" music video.
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provided backup vocals on the song "I'll Be Over You" (and appeared in the accompanying music video), while
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founder and songwriting giant
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appeared on the Steve Porcaro penned track "Lea". After its release, the band embarked on another world tour. Upon its conclusion in 1987, Steve Porcaro left the band to pursue a career in film and television scoring. ''Fahrenheit'' eventually went Gold on October 3, 1994. Steve Porcaro was never replaced and Toto decided to continue with only five members. Although Porcaro occasionally assisted the band on synthesizers for their subsequent studio albums (and appeared on their 1988 tour), David Paich handled most of the live keyboard work (with keyboard technician John Jessel assisting on certain dates) post 1988. In 1988 Toto released their next album ''
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'', featuring
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of
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on backup vocals on the single " Stop Loving You". The album's other single, " Pamela", became very popular and would be the band's last to hit the US Top 40. ''The Seventh One'' became the band's most successful release since ''Toto IV''. The band toured from February through July 1988.


1988–1990: ''Past To Present'' and Jean-Michel Byron

Although "The Seventh One Tour" was very successful, after it was finished the band decided to replace lead singer Joseph Williams. Originally, the band wanted to reunite with original vocalist Bobby Kimball to record new songs for a greatest hits record, but the record company instead insisted they hire South African singer
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. Before Byron was brought in, the band recorded "Goin' Home" with Kimball. This song was later featured on the ''Toto XX'' album as an "unreleased song." When Byron was brought in (in 1989) he and Toto recorded four new songs which were included on their greatest hits album '' Past to Present 1977–1990'', released in 1990. Toto then embarked upon the "Planet Earth" tour that lasted from September until December 1990. The band didn't get along with Byron, whose diva-like behavior and flamboyant stage presence caused friction during the tour. He was demoted to background vocals before ultimately being fired at the conclusion of the tour. During this time, the band also found that former singer Bobby Kimball was booking shows and billing himself and his backing band as "Toto". In April, mirroring the situation that had happened with Kimball seven years previously, former singer Joseph Williams was arrested on drug-related charges. Lukather's first solo album was released in 1989, named '' Lukather'', and featured musicians such as
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.


1991–1992: ''Kingdom of Desire'' and Jeff Porcaro's death

Once again without a lead vocalist, guitarist
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sang lead vocals and became the new front man. Toto played at the
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in 1991 and the band recorded '' Kingdom of Desire'', which was released on Columbia Records in most parts of the world and on
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' label Relativity Records in the United States. Jeff Porcaro died in an accident on August 5, 1992, at the age of 38 while working in his garden. According to the Los Angeles Times Report, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office lists the cause of death to be a heart attack from the hardening of the arteries caused by cocaine use. Facing the prospect of a tour without Jeff, Toto almost broke up. However, Jeff Porcaro's family insisted the band continue. The band contacted Los Angeles-based Englishman Simon Phillips (drummer), Simon Phillips to replace Jeff Porcaro as they knew that Porcaro liked Phillips and because Lukather worked with Phillips on a previous tour with Santana (band), Santana and Jeff Beck in Japan in 1986. Phillips joined the band and they went on the tour, which they dedicated to Jeff's memory. In 1993 they released a live album called ''Absolutely Live (Toto album), Absolutely Live.'' From 1991 on, Steve Lukather would handle a majority of the vocals (until Bobby Kimball's return in 1998), but some older songs originally sung by Kimball, Fergie Frederiksen, and Joseph Williams were put in the set list and sung by new backup singers Fred White (who was replaced by John James in 1992), Jackie McGee (who had joined for the 1990 tour and was replaced by Donna McDaniel in 1992) and Jenny Douglas-McRae (who had also come aboard in 1990). John sang "Stop Loving You" and Bobby's part on "Rosanna", Donna sang "Home of the Brave" and "Angel Don't Cry", and Jenny sang "Hold the Line". On December 14, 1992, the Tribute to Jeff Porcaro Concert was held at Universal City's Universal Amphitheatre. Performers including
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, James Newton Howard,
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and special guest George Harrison performed various Toto songs along with the four remaining Toto members. At the close of the tour, the band then took a break to pursue individual projects as well as to keep up their session schedules. From March to November 1993, Lukather and Phillips teamed up with friends David Garfield and John Pena on the side project Los Lobotomys and recorded the album ''Candyman (album), Candyman''.


1995–1997: Addition of Simon Phillips and ''Tambu''

In 1995 Toto recorded ''Tambu (album), Tambu'', their first album with Simon Phillips, which saw the band back with CBS (now Sony). A departure from Toto's sound of the late 1970s and 1980s, ''Tambu'' was a very organic release and featured the single "I Will Remember", which received moderate radio play. Other singles released were "Drag Him To The Roof" and "The Turning Point". ''Tambu'' also featured John James and Jenny Douglas-McRae as backup singers on some of the tracks. Douglas-McRae even sang lead on the album's bonus track, "Blackeye", and also in a duet with Steve Lukather on "Baby He's Your Man". ''Tambu'' sold 600,000 copies worldwide. The "Tambu Tour" proved to be another success, although there were no North American dates. Simon Phillips suffered from a back problem, so Gregg Bissonette had to fill in for him during the first leg of the tour in late 1995. The tour concluded in 1996. The rest of the tour personnel remained the same, with the exception of Donna McDaniel who had left in 1994 shortly after the "Night of the Proms" performances (which Douglas-McRae had missed since she was out touring with Joe Cocker). The song "Hold the Line" was now sung as a duet between James and Douglas-McRae. Both James and Douglas-McRae were dropped from the band at the conclusion of the 1997 tour. Lukather released his second solo album, ''Luke (album), Luke'', which was a more "introspective" album than his previous solo album.


1997–2001: ''Toto XX'', Bobby Kimball's return and ''Mindfields''

1997 marked the band's 20th anniversary, and in order to commemorate it, David Paich and Steve Lukather started to go through several old tapes and demos for a special record of unreleased songs. In 1998 they released ''Toto XX'' with the single "Goin' Home". Toto went on a small promotional tour with former members
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and Joseph Williams. After the "Toto XX" tour, Bobby Kimball rejoined the band as lead singer after 14 years. The band released ''Mindfields'' in early 1999 and embarked on the "Reunion" tour, touring worldwide and returning to the United States for the first time in six years. The new album featured three singles, "Melanie", "Cruel" and "Mad About You", a song co-written by David Paich and former Toto vocalist Joseph Williams. Later that year, a live album titled ''Livefields'' was released. The tour officially concluded in 2000, but the band played a few shows throughout 2001. David Paich briefly took a break from touring in 2000, so Jeff Babko filled in on keyboards. Paich then resumed touring with Toto in 2001.


2002–2003: ''Through the Looking Glass'' and Toto's 25th anniversary

In 2002, in celebration of Toto's 25th anniversary, the band released ''Through the Looking Glass (Toto album), Through the Looking Glass'', a covers album that paid tribute to the band's musical influences, such as Bob Marley, Steely Dan, The Beatles and Elton John. Two singles were released, "Could You Be Loved", a Bob Marley cover, and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", a Beatles cover. The album was not a commercial success and many fans were upset about the release, thinking that the band should have written new material instead. However, the record gave the band material to promote their "25th Anniversary Tour", which started in 2002 and concluded in 2003. After the tour, Toto released a live album and DVD of the show titled ''Live in Amsterdam (Toto album), Live in Amsterdam''. Both the live album and the DVD were released in late 2003.


2003–2005: Greg Phillinganes and David Paich's semi-retirement

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took a leave of absence from touring to spend time with a sick family member. Veteran keyboardist Greg Phillinganes filled in for Paich for the rest of the tour. In late 2003, Toto headlined Night of the Proms for two months straight. Paich returned but was only able to play for a few weeks before he had to leave again, so Phillinganes once again filled in for the remainder of the shows. After Simon Phillips announced of illness, Jon Fariss and Ricky Lawson joined the band for the Night of the Proms. In early 2004, the band embarked on a world tour that went throughout 2004 and 2005. Paich only occasionally appeared, with Phillinganes playing at most of the shows. In 2005, Phillinganes was asked to become a regular member of the band and Paich retired from touring. Paich was still a member of Toto, however, as he continued to record and produce on all of Toto's releases. In October 2003, Steve Lukather released a Christmas album named ''Santamental'', featuring musicians such as
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, Slash (musician), Slash, Steve Vai and Gregg Bissonette.


2006–2008: ''Falling In Between'' and ''Falling In Between Live''

In early 2006, Toto released ''Falling in Between'' on the Italian label Frontiers Records, Frontiers, their first album of new material since 1999. The release featured extensive keyboard work from Steve Porcaro and a duet with Joseph Williams on the first single, "Bottom of Your Soul". Following the record's release, Toto embarked on an extensive worldwide tour in 2006, which continued into 2007 for a second leg. The 2007 leg featured Leland Sklar filling in on bass for Mike Porcaro due to an (at the time) undisclosed illness. 2007 featured extensive dates in both Europe and the United States, including an appearance at Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota. Former lead singer Fergie Frederiksen made a guest appearance at the Minneapolis date on May 5, 2007 and Joseph Williams also made a few guest appearances with the band in June 2007. Toto released a two-CD set ''Falling in Between Live'' on Eagle Records to commemorate the tour. This live set marks the fourth for the band, following 1993's ''Absolutely Live'', 1999's ''Livefields'' and 2003's ''Live In Amsterdam''. In 2008, a companion DVD of the show which was recorded in Paris in March 2007 was released.


2008: First hiatus

After a period of rumors and some allusions, on June 5, 2008, Lukather posted a message on his official website, stating, "The fact is yes I have left Toto. There is no more Toto. I just can't do it anymore and at 50 years old I wanted to start over and give it one last try on my own." As the main motivation for his decision, Lukather said:
When Dave [Paich] retired that was REAL hard for me 'cause we started the band together. Hell, it's 35 years if you count High School where the core all met. When Mike [Porcaro] fell ill and had to leave that was it for me. If there isn't Paich or at least one Porcaro how can we even call it Toto? ... Honestly, I have just had enough. This is NOT a break. It is over. I really can't go out and play Hold The Line with a straight face anymore.
Steve Lukather released his next solo album on February 22, 2008, named ''Ever Changing Times''.


2010: Reformation

On February 26, 2010, the band reformed and reunited for a brief tour of Europe in the summer to benefit
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, who had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS. The lineup featured
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, Simon Phillips (drummer), Simon Phillips, Joseph Williams and special guest Nathan East. Steve Lukather stated that the band still exists: On October 11, 2010, Steve Lukather released his next solo album, ''All's Well That Ends Well (Steve Lukather album), All's Well That Ends Well''. Another tour in the summer of 2011 took place with former backup singer Jenny Douglas once again joining. Their show on July 17, 2011, in Verona, Italy was recorded for a live DVD but has yet to be released because of a contractual issue with their former label. They once again toured Europe in 2012.


2013–2014: 35th anniversary, death of Fergie Frederiksen, and Simon Phillips's departure

In 2013, celebrating their 35th anniversary, the band embarked on tour across Europe and North America, along with Japanese dates to follow in 2014. Their show on June 25, 2013, in Łódź, Poland was recorded 35th Anniversary – Live in Poland, for a live release and was released on April 29, 2014. On November 5, it was confirmed both on Toto's and David Paich's official Facebook pages that a new studio album was in the works and that the band planned to go into the studio early 2014. On January 21, 2013, Steve Lukather released his latest solo album, ''Transition (Steve Lukather album), Transition'', featuring former Toto touring bassist Leland Sklar, as well as Gregg Bissonette and Chad Smith. On January 18, 2014, former vocalist Fergie Frederiksen died after a long battle with liver cancer. After the 2013 leg of the 35th anniversary tour, it was revealed via the band's official website on January 23, 2014, that Simon Phillips had departed the band to pursue a solo career. Phillips was then replaced by Steely Dan drummer Keith Carlock.


2014: David Hungate's return and North American tour with Michael McDonald

While Keith Carlock was now part of the band, he did not join them for at least the North American tour and his role was filled by Shannon Forrest. Bass player Nathan East, who had been touring with them since 2010, left after the Japanese tour to pursue his own projects. Instead, original bass player David Hungate rejoined the band. They once again toured the United States in spring 2014 as co-headliners with singer Michael McDonald. It was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years.


2015–2017: ''Toto XIV'' and Mike Porcaro's death

Toto released their fourteenth studio album and their first in nine years titled ''Toto XIV'' on March 20 (Europe), March 23 (UK and Oceania), and March 24, 2015 (North America). To promote the newly finished project, the band started a world tour running with an extensive European headline arena tour including appearances at key festivals, along with a North American tour to follow in the summer of 2015 and Asia later that year. On March 15, 2015, former bassist Mike Porcaro died, due to complications from his battle with ALS, in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles. On April 6, 2015, Toto announced that they would embark on August 7, 2015, in Mashantucket, Connecticut with veteran progressive band
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on a joint summer tour of North America due to end on September 12, 2015, in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Dave Santos took over bass from Dave Hungate for the final three dates of the 2015 tour and Shannon Forrest continued to perform as the band's drummer. On September 29, 2015, Toto announced the first leg of their 2016 Tour in support of ''Toto XIV'' consisting of European and Japanese dates. Leland Sklar, who joined them on their 2007 and 2008 tours, replaced founding member Hungate. Sklar stopped touring with Toto in early 2017 and was replaced by Shem von Schroeck. In June 2016, keyboardist
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released his first solo album, titled ''Someday/Somehow'' featuring Michael McDonald (musician), Michael McDonald and Toto touring backing singer Mabvuto Carpenter.


2018–2019: 40th anniversary, ''40 Trips Around the Sun'', ''All In'', ''Old Is New'', and second hiatus

On February 9, 2018, Toto released their anniversary album ''40 Trips Around the Sun''. They then embarked on a world tour promoting the album celebrating 40 years of playing music. The band's lineup consisted of Joseph Williams, Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro, and their touring musicians: Lenny Castro, Shannon Forrest,
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and Shem von Schroeck. On July 20, 2018, Toto announced: "David Paich will not be performing on the band's planned North American tour. He plans on focusing on his health and looks forward to returning to the road when ready to do so. In the absence of the founding keyboardist's presence on the tour, Dominique 'Xavier' Taplin (formerly with Prince (musician), Prince) will be sitting in for David performing with Toto". After the European leg of the tour, Toto covered Weezer's song "Hash Pipe" in response to their cover of Toto's 1981 number 1 single, "
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". The band added the cover to their setlist as the Encore for the 2018 North American leg of the tour. On September 18, 2018, guitarist
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released his autobiography ''The Gospel According to Luke'', a humorous review on his life in music. An Audiobook was released shortly after on Audible (store), Audible. On November 6, 2018, the band released the box set ''All In'' which contained their fourteenth studio album ''Old Is New''. This contained the three new tracks already released on ''40 Trips Around the Sun'' plus completed recordings of four other older tracks featuring Jeff Porcaro on drums and either Mike Porcaro or David Hungate on bass plus other new recordings. On January 2, 2019, Toto kicked off their 2019 leg of the 40 Trips Around The Sun tour in Byron Bay at the Falls Festival. Xavier Taplin remained in place of Paich through that tour. Toto embarked upon a brief tour of North America on September 20, 2019 – Steve Lukather stated that the tour will be the band's last for "a while," and that tensions within the band and its management have increased due to ongoing legal troubles, such as an ongoing lawsuit with the widow of founding member and drummer Jeff Porcaro, Susan Porcaro-Goings (current wife of Rick Goings). David Paich made a special appearance with the group at the tour opener in Los Angeles, singing and playing on “Africa” and “Home of the Brave.” On October 16, 2019,
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stated that after the final show in Philadelphia on October 20, 2019, it would mark the "end of this configuration of Toto". Steve Lukather had also announced that there is a film about Toto in the works, and hinted that he would be writing a new book, titled ''The New Testament According to Luke''. David Paich made another special appearance at the final show in Philadelphia to again perform "Africa" and "Home of the Brave".


2020–present: ''Dogz of Oz'' Tour

On October 19, 2020, it was announced that Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams would return to touring under the band name, in a proposed worldwide tour in 2021, known as the ''Dogz of Oz Tour''. The new band lineup would feature bassist John Pierce (Huey Lewis and the News & Pablo Cruise) who is also a long-time session player, drummer Robert "Sput" Searight (Ghost-Note (band), Ghost-Note & Snarky Puppy), keyboardists Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (Prince (musician), Prince & Ghost-Note (band), Ghost-Note) and Steve Maggiora (Robert Jon & The Wreck) as well as multi-instrumentalist
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. The tour began with a soft-opening worldwide live streamed performance on November 21, 2020, during which David Paich appeared with the band for the final two songs. On April 12, 2021, the band announced that the ''Dogz of Oz World Tour'' would be pushed to 2022. On April 14, 2021, the band announced that they would release a new live album, ''With a Little Help from My Friends'', through Mascot Label Group/The Players Club. Released on June 25, the album contains the streamed performance of November 2020, and was preceded by the release of two singles, live renditions of "Til The End" and "You Are The Flower". On June 28, 2021, Lukather stated that the group has no plans to record any future studio albums, though he was open to working with Williams on solo projects.


Session work (1970s to early 1990s)

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(regular Toto guest contributor and father of Jeff, Steve Porcaro, Steve, and Mike Porcaro, Mike) played on his smash hit album ''
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''. The members had done smaller scale work before this album working with the likes of
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, and Sonny & Cher, among others.
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provided the main guitar work on
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's hit "Beat It", although
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played the guitar solo in the bridge. Jeff Porcaro played drums on the track, while
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programmed synthesizer for the ''
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". In 1982, the rock band Chicago (band), Chicago brought in David Foster to produce their album ''Chicago 16''. They had considered using him for their 1980 album ''Chicago XIV'', but went with Tom Dowd instead. Under Foster's direction, the band adopted more of a soft rock sound, shed most of its jazz fusion/horn section sound, and brought in many session musicians. Of the musicians chosen, three were Steve Lukather, David Paich, and Steve Porcaro, the three core members of Toto. In 1978, under David Foster's direction, he brought in
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, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, and Toto vocalist
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to play on Alice Cooper's 1978 album ''From the Inside (Alice Cooper album), From the Inside''. They have also played with legendary
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. Other artists/bands that the members of Toto collaborated with include; Larry Carlton, Pink Floyd, Quincy Jones, Eric Clapton,
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, James Newton-Howard, Michael McDonald (musician), Michael McDonald,
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Band members

Current members *
Steve Lukather Steven Lee Lukather (born October 21, 1957) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, best known as the sole continuous founding member of the rock band Toto from its founding in 1976 to the present day. A prolif ...
– lead guitar, lead and backing vocals, bass guitar (1977–2008, 2010–2019, 2020–present) *
David Paich David Frank Paich (born June 25, 1954) is an American musician, songwriter, singer, and record producer, best known as the co-founder, principal songwriter, keyboardist, and singer of the rock band Toto since 1977. Paich wrote or co-wrote much o ...
– keyboards, lead and backing vocals (1977–2008, 2010–2019, 2020-present, ''inactive from touring 2005-2008,'' ''2018-2019, 2020-present'') * Joseph Williams – lead and backing vocals, additional keyboards (1986–1988, 2010–2019, 2020–present) Former members *
Jeff Porcaro Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro (; April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was an American drummer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his work with the rock band Toto, but is one of the most recorded session musician Session musicians, ...
– drums, percussion (1977–1992; ''his death'') *
Steve Porcaro Steven Maxwell Porcaro (born September 2, 1957) is an American keyboardist A keyboardist or keyboard player is a musician who plays keyboard instrument A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played using a musical keyboard, keyboard ...
– keyboards, occasional backing and lead vocals (1977–1987, 2010–2019; ''session member 1987-1988, 1998'') *
David Hungate William David Hungate (born August 5, 1948) is a bass guitarist, producer, and arranger noted as a member of Los Angeles Los Angeles (; es, Los Ángeles; "The Angels"), officially the City of Los Angeles and often abbreviated as L.A., i ...
– bass, guitar (1977–1982; 2014–2015) *
Bobby Kimball Robert Troy Kimball (born March 29, 1947) is an American American(s) may refer to: * American, something of, from, or related to the United States of America, commonly known as the United States The United States of America (USA), commo ...

Bobby Kimball
– lead and backing vocals (1977–1984, 1989, 1998–2008) *
Mike Porcaro thumb ">thumb.html" ;"title=" thumb"> thumb Michael Joseph Porcaro (May 29, 1955 – March 15, 2015) was an American bass guitar, bass player known for his work with Toto (band), Toto. He retired from touring in 2007 as a result of being d ...
– bass, occasional backing vocals (1982–2007; ''died 2015'') *
Fergie Frederiksen Dennis Hardy Frederiksen (May 15, 1951 – January 18, 2014) was an American Rock music, rock singer best known as the former lead singer of Trillion, Angel (American band), Angel, LeRoux (band), LeRoux and Toto (band), Toto, as well as providing b ...
– lead and backing vocals (1984–1985, one-off in 2007; ''died 2014'') *
Jean-Michel Byron Jean-Michel Byron (born Jean-Michel Byron DuPlessis) is a South African-born funk Funk is a music genre that originated in African Americans, African American communities in the mid-1960s when musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of ...
– lead and backing vocals (1989-1990) * Simon Phillips (drummer), Simon Phillips – drums, percussion (1992–2008, 2010–2014) * Greg Phillinganes – keyboards, lead and backing vocals (2005–2008; ''touring 2003–2005'') * Keith Carlock – drums, percussion, occasional backing vocals (2014)


Discography

Studio albums * '' Toto'' (1978) * '' Hydra'' (1979) * '' Turn Back'' (1981) * ''
Toto IV ''Toto IV'' is the fourth studio album by American pop and rock band Toto released in the spring of 1982 by Columbia Records. The lead single, " Rosanna", peaked at number 2 for five weeks on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 charts, while the album' ...
'' (1982) * '' Isolation'' (1984) * ''
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'' (1986) * ''
The Seventh One ''The Seventh One'' is the seventh studio album by the American rock band Toto. It was released in 1988, and became the best-received Toto album since ''Toto IV ''Toto IV'' is the fourth studio album by American pop and rock band Toto released ...
'' (1988) * '' Kingdom of Desire'' (1992) * ''Tambu (album), Tambu'' (1995) * ''Mindfields'' (1999) * ''Through the Looking Glass (Toto album), Through the Looking Glass'' (2002) * ''Falling in Between'' (2006) * ''Toto XIV'' (2015) * ''Old Is New'' (2018) Soundtrack albums * ''Dune (soundtrack), Dune'' (1984)


Awards and nominations

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, , , - , Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Song of the Year , , , - , Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group , , , - , Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices , , , - , Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) , , , - , rowspan="2", ''
Toto IV ''Toto IV'' is the fourth studio album by American pop and rock band Toto released in the spring of 1982 by Columbia Records. The lead single, " Rosanna", peaked at number 2 for five weeks on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 charts, while the album' ...
'' , , Album of the Year , , , - , rowspan="3", Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical , , , - , , , ''Tambu (album), Tambu'' , , , - , , , ''Mindfields'' , , ;Other awards In 1986 Toto won a Crystal Globe award, signifying sales of more than 5 million records outside of their home country.


Tours

* 1979 – Toto Tour * 1980 – Hydra Tour * 1982 – Toto IV Tour * 1985–1986 – Isolation Tour * 1986–1987 – Fahrenheit Tour * 1988 – The Seventh One Tour * 1990 – Planet Earth Tour (Past to Present Tour) * 1991 – 1991 Summer Tour * 1992–1993 – Kingdom of Desire Tour * 1993 – 1993 Summer Tour * 1995–1996 – Tambu Tour * 1997 – South African Tour * 1998 – Toto XX Tour * 1999–2000 – Mindfields Tour * 2001–2002 – 2001 Summer Tour * 2002–2004 – 25th Anniversary Tour (Through the Looking Glass Tour) * 2004–2005 – 2004 Summer Tour * 2006–2008 – Falling in Between Tour * 2010 – Mike Porcaro Honor Tour * 2011 – In the Blink of an Eye Tour * 2012 – 2012 Summer Tour * 2013–2014 – 35th Anniversary Tour * 2015–2016 – Toto XIV Tour (Yes & Toto Co-Headlining North American Summer Tour 2015) * 2017 – An Evening With Toto Tour * 2018–2019 – 40 Trips Around the Sun Tour (40th Anniversary Tour) * 2021 – Dogz of Oz Tour


References


External links

*
Toto at WorldMusicDatabase
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